The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD-2016), which marks the establishment of ITU in 1865, is set to be celebrated on May 17, 2016.
An opening ceremony at ITU will be followed by keynote addresses and an interactive panel discussion bringing together leading academics, incubators, and entrepreneurs to discuss the significance of ICT entrepreneurship to create social impact.
“ICT entrepreneurs and start-ups and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have a particularly relevant role in ensuring economic growth in a sustainable and inclusive manner. They are involved in the development of innovative ICT-enabled solutions with a unique potential to make a long-lasting impact in global, regional and national economies and as an important source of new jobs, especially for youth, in the current knowledge economy. SMEs make up more than 90 per cent of all businesses worldwide, and represent a ‘path out of poverty’ for many developing countries,” states the event’s webpage.
The event will focus on ICT entrepreneurship for social impact and draw speakers and panelists from the start-up and academic community, governments and the private sector.
The theme for WTISD-16 is in line with ITU’s work in unlocking the potential of ICTs for young innovators and entrepreneurs, innovative SMEs, start-ups and technology hubs as drivers of innovative and practical solutions for catalysing progress in achieving international sustainable development goals, with a focus on SMEs from developing countries.